By Wayne Bartlett: Unbeaten super flyweight Ashley Sexton has spoken to SecondsOut ahead of his proposed early July fight with Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler.
In a mouth-watering clash between two of the country’s best little men, Sexton has jumped at the challenge, which could even take place for the vacant British crown following Lee Haskins stepping up to bantamweight to fight for the European strap.
Having seen his 12-0-2(5) career stall through inactivity, the changing of trainers and styles, Sexton feels everything is now in place and his best is yet to come.
“No one has seen my full potential,” Sexton explained. “I’ve shown glimpses in certain fights but now I’m feeling great and it just has to come together.
“Against Ahmed you saw some power and when I fought for the British title I was in at the deep end against someone experienced but I feel I went from a boy to a man that night. I showed I can take a punch and have things not going my way but turn it around.”
No stranger to Paul Butler having known him throughout their amateur and professional careers, ‘Flash Ash’ is bewildered by claims he could be stopped in the proposed clash, or that he’s past it.
“I personally think they think I’m finished and they feel they are moving in at the right time. I’m only 24! And I can’t believe the amount of people who think he’s going to stop me. I’ve never been stopped; I’ve only been down a handful of times in my whole career amateur, pro and in the gym.
“But it’s cool, it fuels me. They think they’re doing their fighter a favour by telling them all this but it just makes me train harder and gets more out of me.
“To be fair to him you get a lot of guys that want to slag you off but he hasn’t done that. He’s come out and said we are the best two at super fly other than Haskins and we should be fighting for the British title.
“I’ve got no arguments with that. As far as I’m concerned it’s a done deal.”
Having had a fight fall through a couple of weeks ago, Cheshunt based Sexton sees this fight against the touted 23-year-old as the perfect opportunity to re-ignite his pro career, but warns that the gym ring and the pro ring are very different places.
“I haven’t got an issue with him at all; I sparred with him as a pro and you can take what you want from sparring.
“Judge me on that spar and we’ll see what happens on fight night, because it will be a rude awakening.”